Most people are concerned about the coronavirus and how it affects them and the people they care about. We thought it would be helpful to summarize information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that has been released.
How can I protect myself?
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
How can I protect others?
- If you are sick you should wear a facemask when you are around other people. People who are caring for you should wear a facemask.
- If you are NOT sick you do not need to wear a facemask. Facemasks are in short supply and should be saved for caregivers.
- Call ahead to your healthcare provider if you think you might have COVID-19. This will help them take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue in a lined trash can.
What are the symptoms? (May appear 2-14 days after exposure)*
- Shortness of breath
(If you don’t have a fever you are most likely in the clear. The only way to be sure is to check with your doctor. Call your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.)
Who is at a higher risk?
- Older adults
- People with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
What do I do if I am sick?
- Stay home except when you go to get medical care.
- Avoid public areas. Do not go to school, work or public areas.
- Avoid public transportation.
- Separate yourself from people and animals as much as you can.
- Seek medical attention immediately if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing.)
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